Miss Potter

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Overview

The true story of the woman who created some of the most beloved characters in children's literature comes to the screen in this drama leavened with elements of comedy and romance. Beatrix Potter Renée Zellweger is a imaginative but gently eccentric woman living in the socially and intellectually confining circumstances of Victorian England. Potter's wealthy parents are eager for her to marry a successful man and settle down, but she has ideas of her own, and has been writing and illustrating a series of stories ...
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Overview

The true story of the woman who created some of the most beloved characters in children's literature comes to the screen in this drama leavened with elements of comedy and romance. Beatrix Potter Renée Zellweger is a imaginative but gently eccentric woman living in the socially and intellectually confining circumstances of Victorian England. Potter's wealthy parents are eager for her to marry a successful man and settle down, but she has ideas of her own, and has been writing and illustrating a series of stories for children centered around a character she calls Peter Rabbit. Potter's efforts to find a publisher for her stories prove difficult, but in time she finds a firm who agrees to give her book a chance, and Norman Warne Ewan McGregor is put in charge of the project. While Warne is new to the publishing game, he believes Potter has great talent and potential, and throws himself into the work with enthusiasm. A strong personal bond grows between Potter and Warne, and in time he asks her to marry him; however, Beatrix's parents do not approve of Norman, and she is forced to choose between her mother and father and the man she loves. Norman's sister Mille Emily Watson urges Beatrix to follow her heart, and she accepts Norman's proposal, but fate has other plans. Miss Potter was directed by Chris Noonan, who created an international sensation with his first feature film, Babe.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2010
  • EAN: 9339065001372
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Source: Icon
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 68,510

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Renée Zellweger Beatrix Potter
Ewan McGregor Norman Warne
Emily Watson Millie Warne
Barbara Flynn Mrs. Potter
Bill Paterson Mr. Potter, Rupert Potter
Matyelok Gibbs Miss Wiggin,
Lloyd Owen William Heelis
Anton Lesser Harold Warne,
David Bamber Fruing Warne
Jane How
Phyllida Law Mrs. Warne
Richard Mulholland
Lucy Boynton Young Beatrix
Justin McDonald
Oliver Jenkins
Technical Credits
Chris Noonan Director
Grant Armstrong Art Director
Martin Childs Production Designer
Steve Christian Executive Producer
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
Guy Heeley Asst. Director
Priscilla John Casting
David Kirschner Producer
Sue Lefton Choreography
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Maltby Jr. Screenwriter
Mike Medavoy Producer
Arnie Messer Producer
Louis Phillips Executive Producer
Passion Pictures Animator
Anthony Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Renée Zellweger Executive Producer
Maggie Rodford Musical Direction/Supervision
Robin Sales Editor
Corey Sienega Producer
David Thwaites Producer
Colin Vaines Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Lisa Westcott Makeup
Nigel Westlake Score Composer
Victoria Williams Special Effects Supervisor
Nigel Wooll Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Sweet Diversion

    MISS POTTER is a film that is beautiful to watch, is heartwarming, and shows how a minimal story line can give an inside picture of the life of a famous person without superimposing the brouhaha that Hollywood usually frosts biographies. England 1902 is the time we meet Beatrix Potter (Renée Zellweger), a spinster in her late twenties whose life is centered on her 'friends' - the little animal figures who grace her stories, friends like Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck, Jeremy Fisher, Tom Kitten, Hunca Munca etc - as she attempts to have her illustrated children's stories published. Her overbearing mother (Barbara Flynn) disapproves of Beatrix' preoccupation with matters other than proper marriage and her father (Bill Patterson) supports her art but knows his daughter is not a 'fine artist'. Yet on a fluke Beatrix wins over the publishing firm of the Warne Brothers: offering to publish her books is more to appease the youngest brother Norman (Ewan McGregor) who pleads for a project that will make him part of the family business than to lend credibility to Potter's output. Potter and Norman Warne connect over the simple beauty of the books and with Norman's sister Millie (Emily Watson) the three find success in a difficult industry - one especially onerous for female authors. The story of Norman and Beatrix's developing love, appalling to her parents, includes a period of parental imposed separation as Beatrix moves to the Lake Country to write and paint and continue her growing passion for Norman in delicate letters. Norman succumbs to an illness and his death devastates Beatrix and Millie. Beatrix manages to temper her mourning with a newfound passion in the Lake Country, and with the help of her old friend William Heelis (Lloyd Owen), she purchases her Lake Country home and as one of the first 'environmentalists' she buys the surrounding farms to prevent their destruction by corporate industrial greed. Beatrix Potter has become a wealthy woman through her own triumph as a writer and illustrator of children's books and finds restored happiness in securing the fairytale countryside where her 'friends' continue to help her weave tales that remain to this time some of the world's finest stories. The visuals of this film, from the opening sequences of watercolor preparation to the enchanting vistas of the Lake Country, are stunningly beautiful. The script by Richard Maltby, Jr. remains rather superficial, but director Chris Noonan makes the best of a thin storyline to create a warmly human view of Potter. Renée Zellweger as Beatrix inhabits the roles in all but her flawed British accent, a factor that unfortunately stretches credibility in the presence of the rest of the professional cast. But she captures Potter's determination and vulnerability and in the end she wins our hearts. This is a fine little film that pays homage to a great lady of the literary arts: it is as unfettered and simple as the durable classics Potter left as her legacy. Grady Harp

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  • Posted May 23, 2013

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    Beautiful.

    Beautiful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Just lovely

    After having read Potter's stories growing up and re-reading them to my son when he was young, I must say that this movie brought to life the magic and imagination which was always in my mind when it came to her stories. This is sure to be a keeper in everyone's family movie collection. Loved it loved it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Gem!

    I adore this movie. Brilliant script matched with a genius direction. A true story told beautifully with an exceptional cast that takes you inside Beatrix Potter's world.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Miss Potter

    Wonderful portrayal of a feisty, extremely gifted author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!!!

    An absolutely marvelous movie!!!! Renee is superb!!!!
    I can watch it again & again!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    :)

    It is a sad and a cute story. I really loved it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Miss Potter- DVD

    Historical love story with new age twists.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Reading Peter Rabbit and company to children is one of life's simple pleasures, as was watching Chris Noonan's treatment of the middle years of author Beatrix Potter's life. Not content to become the wife of a "suitable" man to fulfill the expectations of Edwardian society, Miss Potter remained single until well into her forties. Truly a woman ahead of her time, she filled her rather solitary life with meaningful literary, artistic, and scientific pursuits, leaving a legacy that will endure long into the future. Beatrix Potter's remarkable spirit and character are well represented in this film, portrayed with admirable restraint by Rene Zellweger. The supporting cast was equally well chosen and talented. Part love story and part biography, this film captures time and place via stunning cinematography. Intelligent and quietly eloquent, it is a portrait of a life well and genuinely lived.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Charming

    Touching yet whimsical, "Miss Potter" has depth, drive, literature, history, romance and a bit of tragedy along with triumph. I felt I had a true glimpse into the author's life and times.

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